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Taking a Taxi

by Jake Beus June 9th, 2011 9 comments More

Spanish Video Lesson – Taking a Taxi

Taking a Taxi and Bargaining with the Driver

Taking a taxi in a foreign country can be a fun and interesting experience. If you watched the video, you’ll see that Dave explains how you can bargain for a better price with the taxi driver. It is actually expected that you bargain for a better price. If they notice that you don’t look like a native, they will give you a higher price than normal because they suspect that you don’t know any better. Have you ever noticed that things generally cost more in tourist locations? I think that it might be expected that tourists will pay more for anything because they are tourists and not necessarily bargain hunters. That doesn’t have to be the case when bargaining for a taxi. Use the phrases that Dave taught you, and you will have a bit more fun and save a few dollars at the same time.

Please visit us on Facebook and answer the question “¿A dónde quiere ir?”, which means “Where do you want to go?”. Answer by saying: “Quiero tomar un taxi a…” (I want to take a taxi to…) and then tell us (we will act like the drivers) where you want to go. It will be good practice and you just might win something for your participation.

If you didn’t take any notes from the video, here is the new vocabulary you will find helpful in your humble beginnings of the acquisition of this great language called Spanish:

Taxi Taxi
Where can I take a taxi? ¿Dónde puedo tomar un taxi?
How much is it to the hotel? ¿A cuánto está al hotel?
How much is it to the Garzas Hotel? ¿A cuánto está al hotel Las Garzas?
How much is it to the airport? ¿A cuánto está al aeropuerto?
No way…too much. Demasiado…ni hablar.
I’m going to take another taxi. Voy a tomar otro taxi.
I’m a gringo but I’m not dumb. Soy gringo pero no soy tonto.
(female) I’m a gringa but I’m not dumb. Soy gringa pero no soy tonta.
Can you recommend some tourist spots? ¿Puede recomendar algunos lugares turístocos?
That was nice of you. Muy amable.
Thanks for taking us. Gracias por llevarnos.

When taking a taxi in a foreign country, you should take advantage of the opportunity to speak to your taxi driver. Practice new Spanish sayings have learned and ask questions about the place you are visiting. You may learn about a hidden gem in the foreign country which you otherwise would have never known. Be sure to thank the taxi driver for his/her services. I look forward to seeing where you want to go in a Taxi on the Visual Link Spanish Facebook page.

Future Facebook Fiesta Friday Topics:

June 17, 2011 – What to Say When You’re Angry

June 24, 2011 – Summer Activities

July 1, 2011 – ?? What do you want to learn?

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Spanish Comprehension

by Jake Beus June 2nd, 2011 15 comments More

Spanish Video Lesson – Understanding Native Speakers

Understanding Native Speakers

Be sure to visit us on our Facebook page and share what you’ve learned as well as experiences you’ve had in regards to understanding native speakers. You just might win a free Spanish Comprehension Trainer. When I first began learning Spanish, I found it very difficult to understand native Spanish speakers. I had mostly listened to Spanish from people who spoke it as their second language. It seemed like the natives spoke a million miles per hour. They spoke so fast that I wondered if they ever took a breath. I’ve never been able to breathe very good from my nose so I wondered if I would be able to speak like them someday, let alone understand them.

Over time it was amazing that they seemed to speak slower and slower. I didn’t even notice at the time, but looking back I saw that my brain was adjusting to the Spanish language. I don’t have any study to back this up, but I think that we are too tense when we are learning languages. Or maybe it is too focused. If you can relax a little bit and allow your brain to absorb the language and the new information, you will fare better. It is important to listen to as much Spanish from native speakers as possible. Listen to Spanish music, watch Telemundo, do whatever you need to do.

If you didn’t take any notes from the video, here is the new vocabulary you will find helpful in your humble beginnings of the acquisition of this great language called Spanish:

Slower please. Más despacio, por favor.
Could you please repeat it? ¿Podría repetirlo, por favor?
I am learning Spanish. Estoy aprendiendo español.
I don’t understand. No comprendo.
I don’t understand. No entiendo.
It’s difficult for me to speak. Me es difícil hablar.
You speak very fast. Usted habla muy rápido.
How do you say… in Spanish? ¿Cómo se dice…en español?

As you are getting started, it will surely be helpful for you to learn some Spanish greetings so you’ll be able to at least understand those from the conversation. Please come share and practice what you learned from this blog post and video with us on the Visual Link Spanish Facebook page. Also please share any interesting experiences you have had while listening and conversing with native Spanish speakers.

Future Facebook Fiesta Friday Topics:

June 10, 2011 – Taking a Taxi

June 17, 2011 – What to Say When You’re Angry

June 24, 2011 – Summer Activities

¡Hasta luego Amigos!

Dave

 

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Shopping and Bargaining in Spanish

by Dave Clark May 27th, 2011 25 comments More

Spanish Video Lesson – Shopping and Bargaining in Spanish

I Love Bargaining in Spanish!

For some people, bargaining to get the lowest price when shopping in Latin America is awkward and uncomfortable. However, Spanish speakers expect you to do it – it’s part of their culture! I have bargained hundreds of times in Latin America and absolutely loved it! Here are a few of the techniques I used. If you try them, please let us know about it by commenting here on our blog or on our Facebook page. Our question of the week on Facebook will be, “What do you want to buy?” (see below for Spanish equivalent).

Here’s Your Vocabulary of the Week (taken from the video above):

What do you want to buy?

¿Qué quiere comprar?

I want to buy…

Quiero comprar…

…a shirt

…una camisa

…a souvenir

…un recuerdo

…a hat

…un sombrero

…a hat (baseball cap)

…una gorra

…a poncho (ready for this one?)

…un poncho

…a purse

…una bolsa

…a wallet

…una billetera

To bargain

Regatear

How much does it cost?

¿Cuánto cuesta?

No way, too much

Demasiado, ni hablar

I only have 10 pesos

Solamente tengo diez pesos

I’m going to buy it in another store

Voy a comparlo en otra tienda

It’s much cheaper there

Es mucho más barato allí

Thank you very much

¡Muchas gracias!

For more vocabulary, visit our page on Spanish clothes. Please come tell us what you want to buy in Spanish on your next trip to Latin America at Facebook Fiesta Friday page. And remember…if you want to learn other languages, be sure to visit our home page to learn a foreign language.

Future Facebook Fiesta Friday Topics:

May 27, 2011 – Comprehension

June 3, 2011 – Taking a Taxi

June 10, 2011 – What to Say When You’re Angry

¡Hasta luego Amigos!

Dave

 

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Get Well Soon…In Spanish

by Dave Clark May 20th, 2011 3 comments More

Spanish Lesson – Get Well Soon!

Hi Spanish blog readers. This week Jake is very ill (out yesterday and today). As a result, our video didn’t get up yesterday. I thought I would take the opportunity to give you an impromptu lesson on how to have empathy in Spanish.

I hope you take the chance to wish Jake, and anyone else who is ill from our Facebook group, a nice “Get well soon”. Please join us on Facebook Fiesta Friday to talk and chat with others.

Here is the vocabulary:

I’m sorry you feel sick. Lo siento que te sientes enfermo.
I can only imagine how you must feel. Sólo puedo imaginar como debe sentirse.
What a shame! ¡Qué pena!
What a shame! (another variation) ¡Qué lástima!
Is there anything I can do to help? ¿Hay algo que puedo hacer para ayudar?
I hope you get well (recover) soon! ¡Espero que te recuperes pronto!
You will be in our thoughts and prayers. Vas a estar en nuestros pensamientos y oraciones.
Poor thing/guy! ¡Pobrecito!
Poor thing/girl! ¡Pobrecita!
I hope things get better soon! ¡Espero que las cosas se mejoren pronto!

Again, I think it would be great if you all helped me show sympathy for Jake on Facebook – if enough people do it, I’ll text him and have him look at all of your comments.

Note: these Spanish phrases are also useful if you have a Spanish-speaking neighbor or coworker who isn’t feeling well.

Remember to Join us on Facebook Fiesta Friday – ¡Hasta luego!

Future Facebook Fiesta Friday Topics:

May 27, 2011 – How to Bargain/Shop

June 3, 2011 – Comprehension

June 10, 2011 – Taking a Taxi

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How Are You Feeling – Spanish Lesson

by Jake Beus May 12th, 2011 29 comments More

Spanish Video Lesson – How Are You Feeling?


Let’s Talk About Feelings
How are you feeling? More than likely someone is going to ask you that question. Now you can be prepared to answer that question. Please visit Visual Link Spanish for Facebook Fiesta Friday and practice what you have learned in the video lesson above. Don’t be afraid to talk about your feelings. Don’t run away from your feelings. A random Facebook participant will win 3 months free access to the Visual Link Spanish Level 1 Online.

Here is the vocabulary from the video in case you can’t remember or forgot to take notes.

How are you feeling? ¿Cómo se siente?
How are you feeling? (Informal) ¿Cómo te sientes?
I feel sick. Me siento enfermo.
I don’t feel well. No me siento bien.
I feel sad. Me siento triste.
I feel excited. Me siento emocionado.
I feel happy. Me siento feliz.
I feel angry. Me siento enojado.
Why do you feel sad? ¿Por qué te sientes triste?

Something special can happen when you talk about your feelings with others. You just might fall in love when you open your heart and start talking about your feelings. Don’t let life and love pass you by, and learn how to say I love you in Spanish. Please come and tell us how you are feeling in Spanish on our Visual Link Spanish Facebook page.

Future Facebook Fiesta Friday Topics:

May 20, 2011 – How to Bargain/Shop

May 27, 2011 – Comprehension

June 3, 2011 – Taking a Taxi

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Cinco de Mayo and Spanish Greetings Video Lesson

by Dave Clark May 5th, 2011 6 comments More

Cinco de Mayo and Greetings – Spanish Lesson

Learn a little about Cinco de Mayo and Come Practice Spanish Greetings!

What is Cinco de Mayo? How do they celebrate it in the US, and how do they celebrate it in Mexico? Watch the video (above) and find out. Also, learn some Spanish greetings so you can come practice with us on Facebook. The words are taken from the Visual Link Spanish Level I course. For free demo lessons, and to learn more about the Visual Link Spanish course, click to learn Spanish with free lessons!

Prepare yourself to practice Spanish greetings by watching the video, then review the Spanish vocabulary below and come get to know as many people as you can on Facebook Fiesta Friday. By participating with us on Facebook, you’ll get to practice Spanish and have the opportunity to win free Spanish software from Visual Link! One lucky winner will receive 3 months of free Spanish online lessons with our new Level 1 online course.

Important Announcement: Our new Level I 5.0 course is now available! It now has 524 interactive lessons, games and activities, as well as speech recognition, comprehension lessons and new virtual trips you can earn.

Watch a Demo of our New Level I Coure Here:

Here’s the Spanish vocab from the video lesson – enjoy!

When is Cinco de Mayo?              ¿Cuándo es Cinco de Mayo?
It’s May 5th! ¡Es el cinco de Mayo!
Happy Cinco de Mayo! ¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!
Happy Cinco de Mayo yesterday! ¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo ayer!
Hello.    Hola.
Good morning. Buenos días.
Good afternoon.              Buenas tardes.
Good evening. / Good night.      Buenas noches.               
How are things?               ¿Qué tal?
How is it going? ¿Cómo le va?    
How are you?    ¿Cómo está (Ud.)?
How have you been?     ¿Cómo ha estado? 
Very well.            Muy bien.
Fine, thanks.      Bien, gracias.
Great.   Genial.
Excellent.            Excelente.
So-so.   Más o menos.
Very bad.            Muy mal.
How about you?               ¿Y usted?
How about you (informal)?         ¿Y tú?
Nice to meet you.            Mucho gusto.
Delighted.           Encantado/a.

Visit this page for more Spanish greetings or to practice with our fun Lingo Dingo games. Come get to know as many people as you can on our Visual Link Spanish Facebook page.

Future Facebook Fiesta Friday Topics:

May 13, 2011 – How Are You Feeling?

May 20, 2011 – How to Bargain/Shop

May 27, 2011 – Comprehension Practice



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Spanish Lesson – I Have Always Wanted To…

by Jake Beus April 28th, 2011 6 comments More

I Have Always Wanted To – Spanish Lesson


I Have Always Wanted To Spanish Vocabulary

More than likely, you have spent a considerable amount of time thinking and talking about things that you have always wanted to. After watching the video and reviewing the vocabulary below, please share a few things that you have always wanted to do with us on Facebook for Facebook Fiesta Friday. Whatever you share doesn’t necessarily have to be real. Be creative. By participating on our Facebook page, you have the opportunity to win free Spanish software. You will get 3 months free of the new Level 1 Online. I am excited to see what you come up with.

Here is the vocabulary from the video in case you can’t remember or forgot to take notes.

I have always wanted… Siempre he querido…
to go to a Packers game. ir a un partido de los Green Bay Packers.
to be a millionaire. ser millonario.
to go to Italy. ir a Italia.
to quit my job. renunciar a mi trabajo.
to go skydiving. hacer paracaidismo.
to be famous. ser famoso/a.
to learn Spanish. aprender español.
to invent something. inventar algo.
to travel the world. viajar por el mundo
to participate in the Olympics. participar en los Juegos Olímpicos.

It is perfectly okay for you to practice and use the examples I gave you. I would also encourage you to come up with your own. You may want to check out the Spanish verbs list to be able to talk about more things you’ve always wanted to do. The list of Spanish words in different categories will also help you talk about things you’ve always wanted to do. Please come and share your great ideas with us on the Visual Link Spanish Facebook page.

Future Facebook Fiesta Friday Topics:

May 6, 2011 – Spanish Greetings

May 13, 2011 – How Are You Feeling?

May 20, 2011 – How to Bargain/Shop

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Spanish Lesson – I just barely…(Acabo de)

by Dave Clark April 21st, 2011 8 comments More

I Just Barely – Spanish Lesson


I Just Barely…Spanish Vocabulary

What did you just barely do? Come learn how to tell us things you’ve just barely done. Please answer those questions on Facebook for Facebook Fiesta Friday. Two of the most creative answers will win an online subscription to the new Visual Link Spanish course. I look forward to your creative answers amigos!

Here is the vocabulary from the video to help refresh your memory. (If you just killed a monster, for example, copy the phrase below and you can paste it right into Facebook!)

What have you done lately? ¿Qué ha hecho últimamente?
I just… (acabo de…literally means “I finished from”) Acabo de…
…sent an email …mandar un email
…climbed a mountain …escalar una montaña
…ate lunch …almorzar
…killed a monster …matar un monstruo
…won a million dollars …ganar un millón de dólares
…read an awesome book …leer un libro muy chévere
…survived an earthquake …sobrevivir un terremoto
How do you say…? ¿Cómo se dice…?
You say… Se dice…
It’s true Es verdad
It’s a lie/ some countries word for lie is joke Es una mentira
It’s not  true No es verdad

Feel free to continue to study Spanish with our free lessons. This week, we just added a new fun free Spanish game to our website, just go to any of our Spanish lessons, and you can try our fun and free Capital Defense game! We hope you enjoy all our resources to help you learn a language for free!

Future Facebook Fiesta Friday Topics:

April 29, 2011 – I Have Always Wanted To…

May 6, 2011 – Cinco de Mayo and Spanish Greetings

May 13, 2011 – How are you feeling?

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I Am Going To – Spanish Lesson

by Jake Beus April 14th, 2011 6 comments More

I Am Going To – Spanish Lesson


Things I Am Going To Do Spanish Vocabulary

What are your plans? What are you going to do today? What are you going to do tomorrow? What are you going to do for the rest of your life? Please answer those questions on Facebook for Facebook Fiesta Friday. By participating on our Facebook page, you have the opportunity to win free Spanish software. You will get 3 months free of the new Level 1 Online. I look forward to reading your answers to the questions.

Here is the vocabulary from the video in case you can’t remember or forgot to take notes.

What are you going to do? ¿Qué vas a hacer?
I am going to… Voy a…
go out with my girlfriend salir con mi novia
go to the movies ir al cine
kiss my wife besar a mi esposa
kiss my husband besar a mi esposo
find the love of my life encontrar el amor de mi vida
learn Spanish aprender español
be a millionaire ser millonario
travel the world viajar por el mundo
live a better life vivir una vida mejor
enjoy life disfrutar la vida

Please continue to study Spanish and browse around this website for free. The website is still new, so if you find a mistake or think of something that we should add to the website, please let us know. There are 6 other languages you can learn as well as French to English and Spanish to English. Our goal is to provide the best resource to learn a language for free.

Future Facebook Fiesta Friday Topics:

April 22, 2011 – I Just Barely Game (Talk about things you just barely did.)

April 29, 2011 – I Have Always Wanted To…

May 6, 2011 – Spanish Greetings

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Music – Spanish Lesson

by Dave Clark April 7th, 2011 20 comments More

Spanish Music Vocabulary Lesson


Spanish Music Vocabulary

If you have ever spent time in Spain or in Latin America, you will notice that the people love their music and that most of them love to dance. Any time they get together for any type of celebration, there is usually some sort of dancing at the celebration. So if you want to connect with them socially, it will help if you can be able to talk about music and dancing.

The vocabulary from the lesson is below, but you can get more Spanish vocabulary on the Spanish music page. Practice this new vocabulary on Facebook Fiesta Friday for a chance to win free Visual Link Spanish software. Facebook Fiesta Friday is simple: Every Friday we post a video lesson on the Facebook page like this one, and you go practice what you learn with us. Answer the questions we post. Each week we give away free Spanish software.

Here is the vocabulary from the video in case you can’t remember or forgot to take notes.

I like… Me gusta…
american music música americana
latin music música latina
salsa music música salsa
meringue music música merengue
tango music música tango
rap music música rap
rock music música rock
classical music música clásica
new age music música nueva época
My favorite artist is… Mi artista favorito/a es…
Do you like to dance? ¿Le gusta bailar?
I like to dance. Me gusta bailar.

Please come and talk about what kind of music you like and whether or not you like to dance on our Facebook page for Facebook Fiesta Friday. You may not think it’s very important for you to learn this, but this Spanish vocabulary will help you to connect socially with the Latin American people.

Future Facebook Fiesta Friday Topics:

April 15, 2011 – Things I Am Going to Do

April 22, 2011 – I Just Barely Game (Talk about things you just barely did.)

April 29, 2011 – I Have Always Wanted To…

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